Last week, a Jonesboro, Georgia man was arrested for driving under the
influence(DUI) after being involved in a car accident which left a Fulton
County Police officer injured. He awaits trial on charges which include:
driving on the wrong side of the road, failure to yield, and DUI. Just
days prior, a woman in Augusta, Georgia plead guilty for vehicular homicide
and DUI after being involved in a car accident that killed a 40 year old
motorcyclist. The unfortunate truth is that stories about injuries and
deaths resulting from alcohol influenced driving are not uncommon.
In Georgia, BAC As Low as .02 Percent Can Lead to Criminal Sanctions.
In Georgia, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
of .08 percent or higher. A driver who has a BAC of .08 percent or higher
may be charged with a DUI. In addition, a driver with a BAC between .05
and .08 percent may be charged with a DUI in circumstances where it is
established that the consumption of alcohol made them a less safe driver.
Drivers with commercial licenses and underage drivers have even lower
BAC limits, they cannot exceed a BAC of .04 percent and .02 percent respectively.
Over a Quarter of Accident Fatalities Involve Alcohol Impaired Driving.
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office on Highway Safety, approximately
1,500 roadway fatalities occur within the State annually. Just over 400,
or approximately 28 percent, of these roadway fatalities are related to
alcohol impaired driving. For purposes of these statistics, a driver was considered alcohol impaired
if their BAC exceeded .08 percent. An additional 70 individuals are killed
annually in accidents where one driver has a BAC between .01 and .07 percent.
In total, nearly 500 individuals lose their lives in accidents where one
of the drivers has a BAC of .01 percent or more.
Studies also show that the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved
in fatal car accidents is four times greater at night than during the
day. Furthermore, drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 have the largest
proportion of drivers with a BAC of .08 percent or greater who are involved
in fatal car accidents. In addition, drivers who have a BAC of .08 percent
or higher that are involved in fatal car accidents are eight times more
likely to have prior DUI convictions than drivers involved in fatal car
accidents who do not have alcohol detected in their system.
Accident Victims Can Sue Alcohol Impaired Drivers for Their Losses.
When an alcohol impaired driver causes a traffic accident, they are not
only subject to criminal sanctions, they are also civilly liable to individuals
who were injured, killed, or suffered other losses as a result of their conduct.
You should contact an attorney immediately if you have suffered injuries,
loss of property, or the death of a loved one as a result of a car accident
where one of the drivers was alcohol impaired. And attorney will review
the facts of your case to determine whether a civil suit can be filed
against the alcohol impaired driver in order to seek compensation for